Cheryl, a native of Massachusetts, possesses a wide variety of skills and talents which serve her well in the valuable role she plays in our practice. Her diverse experiences include working in a neurosurgical practice, a pediatric practice, a dental office, and as an operating room technician. In our practice, Cheryl plays an essential role in overseeing the daily functioning of the office, as well as serving as a patient resource to ensure that our patients have what they need before, during, and after treatment.
Cheryl is married to her husband of 38 years, and they have one daughter. Cheryl loves spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter.
In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys traveling to New England, hiking, kayaking, and antiquing with her small group from church.
C. Leigh Culver, MSc
Leigh’s medical background encompasses a wide range of experience. His medical experience includes expertise in the areas of special operations/tactical medicine, civilian emergency medical services, industrial medicine, remote/austere medical support operations, and integrative/complementary medicine. Leigh has been a licensed paramedic since 1977. His expertise ranges from providing everything from acute minor illness and emergency critical care to that of innovative holistic health services.
Considered an expert in remote medical services, Leigh has authored numerous medical related articles that have been published internationally as well as the Physician Extender Medical Practice Guidelines still used in remote duty medical aid stations around the world today.
Leigh has been involved in nutritional and integrative medicine for more than 25 years with 15 of those years being directly involved with integrative oncology. He is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Master Herbalist having obtained his training through Trinity School of Natural Health.
As a Mind-Body Healing Specialist, Leigh has advanced training in Sleep Medicine & Clinical Polysomnography (Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine), Clinical Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis Motivation Institute), Stress Management, Trauma Reduction Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Biofeedback, Emotional Freedom Technique, Neuro-Somatics, and Therapeutic Imagery. Leigh has taught stress management and group performance programs for major corporations and the military and he is sought out as a speaker in the area of extended human capabilities.
Leigh’s education includes Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services (DeKalb College), Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Services (Concordia University) and a Master of Science in Public Health (Concordia University).
Leigh’s personal philosophy is that only by integrating all three aspects of a human being (mind, body, and spirit) can we actualize our true potential and obtain true health.
In his spare time, Leigh can often be found roaming the north Georgia mountains.
Gina comes to us by way of Long Island, N.Y. As the senior nursing station clerk at a Level 1 trauma center for 30 years, she coordinated the daily flow of the surgical recovery room. After her retirement in April 2018, Gina and her mom decided to relocate to Georgia to be close to Gina’s son and his family.
In her spare time, Gina enjoys shopping and baking Italian desserts. She also enjoys spending every spare minute with her granddaughter, Lily. She also volunteers for The Children’s Heart Foundation of Atlanta, a cause near and dear to her heart.
Glen Jackson, NRP
Glen is a nationally certified paramedic, whose career has spanned more than 30 years. He was born in Alexandria, Va., and spent most of his summers growing up assisting his uncle who was a veterinarian and professor at the University of Tennessee. Glen began developing his assessment skills at that young age, by looking, listening, and feeling, since his “patients” could not talk.
He began his career with the Fairfax County Fire Rescue Department in Virginia. Throughout his career, he has worked as an EMT, emergency medical dispatcher, firefighter, hazardous material technician, paramedic, and flight medic. He obtained his critical care paramedic certification in Tennessee at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital. He still maintains his National Registry of Paramedic, critical care, and emergency medicine certifications.
Glen is married to his high school sweetheart and has three adult children. He enjoys camping, playing disc golf, and spending time with his animals.
Laurie Melendez, RN
Laurie was born and raised in New City, N.Y. As a child, she spent a lot of time on her grandparents’ farm, and those are some of her favorite memories.
She has lived in Georgia for more than 30 years, so she’s a southerner at heart. She started out in early childhood education and taught elementary school for 23 years. After she finished raising her children, she decided to go back to school to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. She has loved being a nurse in varied areas, including rehabilitation, medical-surgical, and oncology.
She has always been interested in health and nutrition, but after a close family member was diagnosed with cancer, her quest for a better way began. Eventually, she made the switch from traditional oncology to integrative oncology.
Laurie has three children and six grandchildren. She loves spending time with her grandchildren and has tried to re-create a mini-farm to build special memories with them. She has had chickens, rabbits, dogs, and cats, and still plans to have a piglet and a goat.
In her spare time, Laurie likes to cook, garden, tend to her animals, hike, and go camping.
Carrie Toon, CCMA, CT, CLT
Carrie is a Certified Medical Assistant with over 25 years of medical experience. She was born in Missouri, and has lived in Maryland, Texas, and now Georgia.
She has a wealth of experience in different specialties, including holistic medicine, internal medicine, and cardiac rehabilitation. During her career, she has particularly enjoyed overseeing the creation of new medical clinics. She is very excited to be part of our integrative oncology team.
Carrie is married, with four children. She has a passion to serve others, and donates her time to outreach programs such as Forsyth Family Promise, which aids homeless families in her community. She enjoys antiquing, boating, traveling, and spending time with her small group from church.
Amanda Kovach, RN, BSN
Amanda was born and raised here in Georgia. She has always had a passion for
taking care of others, and ultimately earned her Registered Nurse degree in 2013.
Amanda worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
for 6 years. She has vast knowledge in cardiac health, specifically in heart failure
and cardiac arrest. In 2019, Amanda decided she wanted to broaden her
healthcare knowledge. She decided to pursue oncology and was intrigued by
integrative medicine. Amanda ultimately found her new home at The Center for
Amanda is married to her husband of 7 years. They have 1 daughter together,
Kylie, and look forward to growing their family in the near future. They also have
2 dogs, a cocker spaniel named Bailey and a lab mix named Cooper.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends,
shopping, and traveling. During the summer, you can find her boating on Lake
Lanier every weekend she can.
Mandy Rittenour, RN
Mandy is a native New Yorker, but considers herself a Floridian after moving to Florida with her family when she was just a teenager. Her grandmother was involved in the medical profession, so she grew up around hospitals. Mandy attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. “Sorry Bulldog fans, I am a hardcore Gator,” says Mandy.
She moved to Georgia in 2019, and is adjusting to the colder weather. She finds the state absolutely
beautiful, and the people wonderful. Mandy and her husband moved to the area to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. They feel fortunate that they can be close by to share in all of her granddaughter’s milestones.
Mandy has been a nurse for nearly 40 years, and states that she has probably done everything except pediatrics. She started in critical care, then transitioned to the emergency room. She also has experience in marketing, home health, and nursing home administration. She has also overseen a heart catheterization lab, where stents and pacemakers were inserted.
More recently, Mandy decided to work in oncology after seeing firsthand the struggles two of her
friends endured when receiving their cancer diagnoses. She transferred to an outpatient oncology clinic operated by her local hospital in Florida, and fell in love with the patients as well as the work itself.
After moving to Georgia, Mandy discovered The Center for Advanced Medicine. She states, “I am thrilled to be part of the team here!”
In her spare time, Mandy spends every minute she can with her daughter and granddaughter. She also enjoys hot yoga, going for walks with her golden retrievers, and riding motorcycles with her husband to take in the gorgeous scenery.
Asia obtained her national EMT certification through the Air Force Reserves, and is currently
serving at Dobbins Air Reserve Base as part of her Air Force Reserve duty. She completed
tactical combat and civilian medical training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, as well
as clinical rotations in an Air Force hospital at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Asia
also has experience working in an ambulance in the Atlanta metro area.
She was raised in a military family, which provided her the opportunity to move to a handful of
locations around the world. This gave her a love for traveling. Her place of birth is Honolulu,
Hawaii, but she considers Georgia her home.
In her spare time, Asia enjoys working out at the gym, hiking, swimming, traveling, and reading.
She also enjoys spending time with her cat, Jasper, who enjoys taking long walks around the
Attiq Khan, BGS
Attiq is originally from Pittsfield Township, Michigan. He worked as an emergency medical technician and family counselor before making the transition into the nursing field. Attiq was inspired by his father, a pediatrician who attended to children and families in need of quality medical care. He was especially impacted by his father’s patient-centered approach to healthcare.
Attiq received his training as a medical-surgical nurse from St. John Providence Health System, and
obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. He has lived in different parts of the world, including the Himalayan mountain range of Northern Pakistan as well as the Caribbean Islands. These experiences gave him an appreciation for diverse cultures and traditions, including various aspects of nutrition and herbal medicine.
Attiq lives in Roswell, Georgia with his wife, Faiza, and their two twin boys Ibrahim and Adam. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, and reading books. He is also active with the Roswell Parks and Recreation Department, volunteering his time with youth and family activities.